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CHICAGO (AP) — A fourth teenager is due in court after being charged in the fatal beating of a 16-year-old Chicago honors student, who’s described by family as a “great kid” who loved school.

Eighteen-year-old Eugene Bailey is one of four people charged with first-degree murder in Derrion Albert’s death.

Bailey was due in bond court Tuesday. The other three were ordered held without bond Monday.

Cell phone footage shows a group of teens kicking and striking Albert with splintered railroad ties after the sophomore left school Thursday.

Albert’s aunt, Rose Braxton, told CBS’ “The Early Show” on Tuesday that her nephew was a “great kid” with an “easy-going temperament.” Albert’s grandfather, Joseph Walker, added that he doesn’t plan to watch the video of the attack because he wasn’t there to protect his grandson.


Three Charged With Murder In Beating Of Chicago Teen [9/28/2009, 4:11 p.m.]

From CNN:

Three teenagers have been charged with first-degree murder in the death of a 16-year-old boy whose beating was captured on amateur video.

One of the three is a minor, but all will be charged as adults, prosecutors in Cook County, Illinois said Monday.

They are charged in the death of Derrion Albert, an honors student who was beaten to death last Thursday. An amateur videotape of the beating has been broadcast nationally.

It’s unclear who shot the footage, but a local television station that received the tape turned it over to police.

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16-Year-Old Beaten To Death In High School Gang Fight [9/28/2009 9:13 a.m.]

CHICAGO (AP) – Chicago police will beef up security around a high school on Chicago’s South Side after a student was beaten to death.

Police declined to give further details of Monday’s security plan for Fenger High School

Family members believe Derrion Albert was fatally beaten on his way from school for refusing to join a South Side gang. But some witnesses say he was a bystander who was swept into the violent fight.

A vigil for Albert is planned outside the school Monday afternoon. Meanwhile, police are investigating the incident, including video allegedly taken by a person at the scene. The video, which shows several people beating and stomping a person believed to Albert, has been turned over to police Watch The News Report